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Friday, November 17, 2017

Environmental standards are relaxed
Proposed national environmental policy rollbacks could have major implications for local residents, ranging from contaminated water to limited assistance on electric bills for low-income residents, according to the Southern Alliance of Clean Energy. The Trump administration has frozen or proposed to overturn dozens of environmental regulations, many before they went into effect, in a plan to ease government oversight on coal, oil and other industries. "If we don't have confidence that there is someone at the head of the [Environmental] Protection Agency that is using science, then we lose ground," says Alliance Executive Director Stephen Smith, a former Newport veterinarian who was active in the early stages of the push to clean up the Pigeon River. The regulations almost entirely put in place by the Obama administration were aimed at cutting dependence on nonrenewable energy while taking steps to ensure a safer world. However, there are others who believe the Obama administration went too far in its oversight, hamstringing power producers in the name of cautiousness without worrying about how it would affect jobs and the economy. "Repealing [the Clean Power Plan] would close a chapter of regulatory overreach that set standards without regard to the steep costs or availability of technology necessary to meet them," the National Mining Association argues in a release after the Plan repeal was proposed. Most of the proposed changes have yet to take effect, and it's highly unlikely, the administration has the ability to reverse course, because many states and cities have announced they will continue efforts to cut emissions. "We want to see EPA do their job. That's the most important thing," Smith said. "We need them not to just be protecting special interests."


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